Lest you think there's nothing at stake when people decide how much leeway to give the government to search, question and monitor, here's Digby, Mission Creeps — The New Surveillance State, with pointers to two articles which when read together give you a good idea of the rather discouraging state of play: Glenn Greenwald, The Obama administration's war on privacy and a little case study, Daniel Rubin, An infuriating search at Philadelphia International Airport.
For some interesting stuff about a US Citizen's almost-never-exercised right to remain silent when re-entering the United States, and the punitive responses it incites from our public servants, see Paul Karl Lukacs, I Am Detained By The Feds For Not Answering Questions and the sequels, 10 Brief Responses To 700 Comments About Refusing To Answer Questions At Passport Control and More Law: Refusing To Answer Questions At U.S. Passport Control.
Here's how it begins:
I was detained last night by federal authorities at San Francisco International Airport for refusing to answer questions about why I had travelled outside the United States.
The end result is that, after waiting for about half an hour and refusing to answer further questions, I was released – because U.S. citizens who have produced proof of citizenship and a written customs declaration are not obligated to answer questions.
* * *
“Why were you in China?” asked the passport control officer, a woman with the appearance and disposition of a prison matron.
“None of your business,” I said.
Her eyes widened in disbelief.
Lawyers and others may want to read Split Circuits, N.D. Georgia Notes Split Re: Whether Use of Pre-Arrest Silence in Government’s Case-in-Chief Violates Fifth Amendment
(Found via Pogo Was Right, Pointer: More Law: Refusing To Answer Questions At U.S. Passport Control)
Yes, it's what I ordered….but it's defective. One of the major features just doesn't work.
I've emailed the seller for an RMA.
Not sure if I want an exchange, or my money back and try getting it somewhere else.
I Am Not Happy.
The package arrived. At last.
Delivered MIAMI FL 33146 09/25/10 4:21pm
And it appears to actually contain what I ordered. So I can get back to blogging about other things, I suppose.
This is definitely hopeful:
All sorting has been completed at the delivery unit for today's deliveries at 8:59 am on September 25, 2010 in MIAMI, FL 33146.
• Sorting Complete, September 25, 2010, 8:59 am, MIAMI, FL 33146
Finally, the right zip code!
* Where's My Package? (V)
* Where's My Package? (IV)
* Where's My Package? (III)
* Where's My Package? (II)
* Where's My Package?
Since I posted bar pass data in the last two years, I'll do it again:
Florida State, 86.2 %
Florida International, 84.2%
Nova Southeastern, 80.8%
AVERAGE OF ALL LAW SCHOOLS, 79.2%
Florida Coastal, 78.8%
St. Thomas, 78.7%
AVERAGE OF NON-FLORIDA LAW SCHOOLS, 74.0%
Ave Maria, 64.0%
Florida A&M, 62.5%
Note that the top three schools are less than 1% apart. Note also that results are not as meaningful as they may seem, since they don't tell you how many graduates took out-of-state bar exams, nor how they did. Not to mention a whole bunch of other reasons.
[Update (9/27): Full stats including number of test-takers here.]